from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Having the quill feathers of the tail somewhat rigid.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having rigid rectrices or tail-feathers denuded to the base; erismaturine: specifically noting ducks of the genus Erismatura.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having a stiff tail


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  • She stood stiff-legged and stiff-tailed, her white fur standing straight up on her back.

    Promise of the Wolves

  • 'Did you think the book would be famous when he read it to you in 1834, as you say?' asked the Professor, beaming at him in a way that would have melted the heart of the stiff-tailed lion of the Northumberlands, if he'd possessed such an organ.

    Shawl-Straps A Second Series of Aunt Jo's Scrap-Bag

  • On a subsequent visit we found that she’d met a friend and had a fleet of stiff-tailed babies.

    Rainbow’s End


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